After four long months, The Walking Dead season 10 episode 16 finally has a return date.
As promised, AMC revealed the release date for the long-awaited Walking Dead season 10 finale during the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel. The final episode will air at 9 p.m. ET on October 4, 2020. That will be followed by the series premiere of spinoff The Walking Dead: World Beyond at 10 p.m. ET.
In a surprising turn of events, the season 10 finale that will air in October won’t technically be the final episode of the season, which is getting six “extra” episodes in early 2021. As you might have expected, this means The Walking Dead season 11 has been delayed indefinitely. You can read more about all of that here.
The panel also showed some previously released footage from the finale. You can watch it below:
AMC announced back in March that the final episode of The Walking Dead season 10 was set to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the episode was shot months earlier, post-production was not able to be completed, even remotely. At the same time the network also delayed release dates for spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
Fear the Walking Dead season 6 received an October 11 release date during its Comic-Con@Home panel.
The Walking Dead season 10 detailed the survivors’ struggle against the animalistic antagonists The Whisperers. The finale is set to conclude The Whisperer storyline with the two factions engaging in all out war against each other. The de facto season 10 finale was episode 15 “The Tower.” Episode 16, which is now described as a “special event” episode, is called“A Certain Doom.”
The Walking Dead’s tenth season was the first full season without former lead actor Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. Into his leadership role stepped other characters like Aaron (Ross Marquand), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Carol (Melissa McBride), and Michonne (Danai Gurira). Gurira also left the show as well, bowing out with episode 13 “What We Become.” That installment seemed to leave the door open for Michonne to join Rick in the upcoming Walking Dead movie franchise.
AMC previously revealed that Lauren Cohan is set to make her return to the series as Maggie Rhee in the season 10 finale. Cohan left the show in season 9 to pursue an opportunity as the lead in ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier. Her character, Maggie, joined Georgie’s traveling group of society-builders. Now it appears as though she can’t turn up the opportunity for another good old-fashioned war.
Though The Walking Dead season 10 finale now has a release date, the wait will continue for an announcement on The Walking Dead season 11. Though the usual production cycle for the show would mean a fall 2020 premiere, it’s likely that the timeframe season will have been effected by the pandemic as well.